Academy Advisory Body (AAB)

At Willow Green Academy, we understand that starting school is an important step in your child’s life and we aim to make your child’s time with us as happy, enjoyable and successful as we possibly can.

We believe very strongly in a meaningful partnership with parents. Staff and Academy Advisory Body members all work together to support your child’s learning to help them achieve the best they can. 

Your views are important to us and we welcome your comments on how well the academy is doing and ways in which you think we can improve.  

Delegated powers of the AAB

Delta is a charitable company subject to company law and it is a not for profit organisation. Delta is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT). The Delta Board of Directors is the legal governing body of the MAT. 

The Board of Directors (BoD) sets out Delta group strategy and operational policy in key areas which are then applied within and across all its academies through the organisational framework and schemes of delegation to Academy Advisory Bodies (AABs). 

Each individual Academy within the group will have an Academy Advisory Body (AAB), which is a sub–committee of the main Delta Board. 

Willow Green Academy Academy Advisory Body (AAB) Structure and Membership

The Academy Advisory Body (AAB) plays a key role in the life of each Academy. Our model of governance delegates almost all procedural and statutory powers in relation to the operation of each Academy to its Academy Advisory Bodies (AABs) and Academy Principals / Head of Academy. The AAB is responsible for overseeing the broad Academy objectives for their own locality – working with the Academy Senior Leadership Team to improve the whole life of the Academy and its impact on its community. In this respect the AAB’s main functions are to: 

1) Act as a key link between the Academy, parents and local community and champion the work of the Academy.

2)  Provide constructive challenge and strategic direction to the Principal and Leadership Team as they plan the future development of the Academy, ensuring that they focus on Academy improvement. In practice, this role is centred on the approval and monitoring of the following in line with Delta ethos and expectations:

  • Academy Development Plan;
  • its Self-Evaluation processes; and
  • any post-Ofsted action plans.

3) Continually review the overall impact of the Academy amongst the people it exists to serve and make plans for improvement.

4) Ensure that the Academy plays a full role in cooperating and working together with other academies in the group and contributes to the work of the CIT.

5) Oversee the implementation of and ensure compliance with Delta policies locally.

6) Be responsible for staff appointments, other than Principal and Vice Principal (where they will be fully consulted) following Delta recruitment processes.

The Academy Advisory Body must have a professional attitude and use its collective skills to benefit the children, parents and community.

If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information, please contact the academy. Email:

Willow Green Academy AAB Members:

Academy Senior Executive Principal

Mrs Trudi Bartle

Head of Academy

Mr Christopher Parkinson

Delta Academies Trust Appointed – Parent member

Mr Karl Steel (Chair)

Delta Academies Trust Appointed – Parent member

Mrs Laura Smith (Vice Chair)

Delta Academies Trust Appointed

Delta Academies Trust Appointed

Delta Academies Trust Appointed

Mr David Irving

Mr Jagvinder Singh

Mr Ash Duncan

If you have any concerns, ideas or would simply like to make contact with our Chair of AAB, you can make contact using the Academy email address or postal address marked clearly for their attention.

The Chair of our Academy Advisory Board is Mr Karl Steel and can be contacted via post, email or telephone. The contact information is shown below:

Address: C/o Willow Green Academy, Hampden Close, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire, WF11 8PT

Telephone: 01977 722487